Florida Chamber-Backed Bill Encourages Long-Term Water Initiatives

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May 02, 2014 Print

The Florida Legislature today took steps toward meeting Florida’s long-term water needs when they fully passed a Florida Chamber of Commerce-supported water storage bill.

Providing smart solutions that will address Florida’s long-term water needs are steps in the right direction to ensure adequate resources.

The Florida Chamber supports the expanded use of alternative water supplies and associated projects that encourage alternative water storage and conservation measures. Supporting conservation and reuse measures are key in protecting Florida’s natural resources and promoting sustainable economic growth.

Earlier during the 2014 Legislative Session, House Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli discussed the need for protecting Florida’s natural resources by developing long-term water solutions.

“It’s a precious natural resource we need to be focused on here in Tallahassee,” House Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli said in an interview on The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line. “Not only myself, but the Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has been very focused on it, and Andy Gardiner, the President-elect, is focused on it. Together, we will be able to work on a comprehensive approach.

HB 7091 encourages the use of agriculture lands for water retention and storage to aid water management districts and local water authorities in meeting water needs.

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